Friday, 4 February 2011

Look At Me, I Own Records! #1


This is a blog feature I've been wanting to start for awhile, the idea being for those who follow Audio Antihero to take an evening to trawl through their record collection and share some pictures and stories about the best, the worst and most inexplicable they find. It can be CD, tape. vinyl...whatever (screen grab your iTunes if you have to but I will judge you). If you would like to contribute to the next one e-mail me at info @ audioantihero.com.

The first installment comes from Small Doses main man Tim Woulfe (pictured left, showing his musical tenure). He's kept it pure vinyl and come up with some gorgeous things I'm ashamed to have never heard of. Rock on Tim.



The sky’s going crazy over here in Rhode Island, just shooting all kinds of precipitation onto the ground and then freezing it as quick as possible. Awesome! It’s grey, it’s dull, it fills me with ennui blah blah blah. There was a massive bright spot today though, cause I came home from school to find a record had come in. Not just ANY record though, what arrived was Brian James’ Ain’t That a Shame 7”, a record I’ve been lusting over for years but never actually got around to buying it.

I finally pulled the trigger the other day and I’m so glad I did. This song should be a punk anthem, I’m not gonna go into too much detail because I’m writing a piece on it for the next issue but just listen to it here and you’ll see what I mean. Plus, how awesome is the artwork? One of my favorites by far.

The first record I purchased is a little fuzzy to me. I began collecting three years ago at the tender age of 14, but the first records I owned were from my brother and sister,not actual purchases by me. I’ll just go with the earliest purchase I can remember, which was when I scoured a used vinyl section and came out with More Songs About Buildings and Food by Talking Heads, Graceland by Paul Simon and Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One by The Kinks.

Not embarrassing, pretty boring actually. I mean, I love these records but they’re classics so what more can I say about them that hasn’t already been said? I promise I won’t be so silent on all subsequent records, trust.


The worst record I’ve got came from a Salvation Army used bin, which I typically avoid because it’s usually terribly organized and only has records by Englebert Humperdinck. On that day though, I was feeling especially adventurous.


I find this one, see the cover think “Hey that’s pretty cool,” then I see Quincy Jones Presents and I think “why haven’t I heard of this?” then I flip it over and see the back and think “WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF THIS???”

That is seriously what they decided to put on the record?? I sprinted over the cash register and checked out, eagerly awaiting what was in store for me. Man, it was so worth the 2 dollars or whatever I spent. There is a literally a lyric on this album that goes “Put a pie in his face and walk out of the place.” BOOM. Life changer.


The records I’m most proud of both come from K records, one of my favorite labels. First up: Mount Eerie by The Microphones. I’m a gigantic Phil Elverum fan, so when I saw this up on ebay I knew I had to get it. The album is great, of course. It’s an epic concept album with impeccable production and incredibly well written songs, what’s not to love? There’s even a 16 minute drum buildup that sounds so amazing on vinyl, I could listen to it over and over again. It’s more the package that has led me to write about it though, the completely different artwork and hand stitched thread holding it together makes it a really special item for me. It’s the most beautiful record I’ve ever seen, let alone own and sometimes I’m wary of taking it out and playing it just because I’m so in awe of it. Oh Well! Pics:

Number two is “Earthbound” by Some Velvet Sidewalk.


The package is simple: cool photo and small text on white background. The music is a blast of sloppy noise punk and on “Earthbound” lead singer Al Jensen sounds like he’s about to have a complete mental breakdown because his voice is cracking and rippling with emotion (this is a really good thing). The second song is a Patti Smith cover. This would be a great record regardless, but flip it over and....
My mind was so blown when I saw this! Nothing defines the DIY amateurism of K records better than the back of this record. I have no clue who did it or why (other than the fact that “Land” is written on it and that’s the name of the Patti Smith song) but I love it.

If I was to buy one record for a friend? Well it would be Nosferatu D2's 'We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise', of course! It’s a masterpiece! I would also buy it for my worst enemy, just so they would resent me more because I was the one who introduced the ferocious guitar and vocals of Ben Parker and the “woah how is he doing that?” drums of his brother Adam to their life.



Isn't Tim lovely? Aren't his records great? I was going to plug him a bit at the end but he's done a great job of that himself so we'll take it straight from the Woulfe's mouth:

"I’m planning something huge for my next issue. I figure if I’m gonna blow all my money on a (supposedly) dying format I should at least do it properly and make it large. So, if you’re interested in contributing something send me a mail! smalldoseszine@gmail.com"


Rock on Tim, you're a better man than I.


Jamie - Audio Antihero: Specialists in unread blogs

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2 comments:

  1. Amazing artwork on the Brian James 7", and such a great song! The description of the youtube post puts it perfectly: "It's like a gold nugget that's been lying in the gutter all these years".

    Thanks to Tim for bringing this to my attention, and also to Jamie for giving him space to do just that - great way to start this feature!

    Cheers.

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  2. I may not agree with all the record choices but I love this feature already.

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